It’s all Slinky and Slippery

This meme comes from Where the Green Grass Grows.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?
Still in Ontario (maybe BC if not Ontario) but on a high point of land overlooking the sea, or a really big body of water. Surrounded by fields of wildflowers and forests beyond that. Not too far from a city for book shopping, lattes and Internet connections.

2.What is your favorite article of clothing?

Nightgowns. Sometimes soft and warm and sometimes slinky and slippery.

3. Last C.D. you bought?
Jann Arden.

4. Where is your favorite place to be?
Exploring a really interesting old house with my camera and a coffee waiting out in the car.

5. Least favorite place to be?
Out in the cold, waiting for a bus. Though I’m sure there are worse places that is the first that came to my mind today.

6. Are you strongest in mind or body?
Probably not either one. Mind, maybe, only because it can outthink my body.

7. What time do you wake up?
Different every day.

8. Favorite kitchen appliance?
Refridgerator. What would we do without it? I never had to deal with an ice box or rely on a root cellar and hope for the best. I’m quite happy to leave those experiences to the older generations.

9. What instrument would you like to play?
Piano maybe.

10. Favorite color?
Deep, dark red.

11. Sports car of SUV?
Neither one. I’ve seen both with very poor and thoughtless drivers. I’d rather have a sedan type of car or a smart car – they’re so small they are kind of cute. Or a VW Bug, a combination of the sedan and smart car look.

12. Favorite children’s book?
The Raggedy Ann series. I remember them from when I was a kid.

13. Favorite season?
Spring. I would have said Winter, but that was before we moved to Barrie.

14. Least favorite chore?
Looking after other people. I need a break!

15. Favorite day?
Everyday that I’m feeling ok and still on the planet.

16. Favorite food?
That’s a long list. Lattes, cheesecake, ice cream, Chinese, Mexican, the salad bar…

17. Favorite drink?
Various coffees, right now it’s the Dolce latte.

18. Favorite word?
Free.
19. Favorite inspirational book?
Don’t have one.

20. Who would you like to play you in the movie of you life?
Winoa Ryder. She could do it mentally, but it would be hilarious to see her dressed up in a big enough fat suit to look like me.

Could you Spare a Cup of Fat?


I really think it’s time someone invented a pill that kills fat cells. Just take one and all your extra fat dissolves. How simple would that be. Movie stars could take a double dose so they can keep their skeletal good looks.

If it became common they’d be cheap too. Everyone would have a pill or two as needed. Think of all the savings to the environment. No more exercise and diet books would need to be printed, all those trees could be spared! The existing books could be recycled. You get to choose to compost them or use them as wood burning fuel.

Everyone would wear the same sized clothes, or near enough. Everyone could eat less cause food would get kind of boring if there wasn’t that whole challenge of not getting fat. Then, all those exercise machines and gadgets could be made over into machinery for hospitals, factories and other more productive things.

Health care costs would go way down too. All those doctors working on liposuction, stomach stapling and such would be transferred into more useful things like helping cancer patients and sports injuries cause far more people would be involved in sports and extreme sports too.

I bet things wouldn’t go so well for TV. As people felt better and became more active they’d be less likely or interested in settling down in front of a TV screen for the evening. Maybe more would go out to movies. Likely they would choose something else, something more interesting than watching other people do things. Now, all slim and trimmed up they would do more of those things themselves.

Few people would need a second dose. Once they felt good (emotionally and physically) they wouldn’t settle for a sedientary lifestyle. Keeping active would keep them in better shape.

The one thing I do wonder is what would happen to all that dissolved fat? Could it be somehow put to use. Could it be gathered in it’s dissolved and compressed form and shipped off to all those starving people in Third World countries. I’m not sure how that would work exactly. It could be kind of complicated. However, instead of listening to those informercials begging for dollars you would hear them begging for your used fat cells instead. Your wallet would be of almost no interest if you’d just spare a few hundred fat cells instead.

Thank you very much.

I’m Not Horse Mad


I’m not one of those people who own or ride a horse regularly. I have ridden but not since I was about 16. I’m not someone who puts pictures and drawings of horses on her walls. Though I’m sticking one up here on my blog now.

My Grandmother loved to watch the horses. She was Irish and they are kind of famous for their horses.

Yesterday I watched some equestrian sports on CBC. It started with dressage, then went to the hunting race and then the show jumping. I also like to watch the carriage driving and I may yet get to one of those Faires to watch jousting. Have you ever watched any of those?

Self Employment Workshop Day One

Today was the first day of the Self Employment workshop. It was pretty good. I’m pretty tired but still have homework which I need ready for tomorrow’s workshop.

I don’t know what to write though.

1) Motivation: Write a paragraph about why you are getting into business. Also a list of risks you have taken.

2) List technical and 10 soft skills you have. (Soft skills are things you can’t reach out and touch like being a team player, etc.)

3) Write a story about yourself which you read in front of everyone, about 3 – 5 minutes. At the end we announce our business idea.

I can’t think of a story I want to blab about. It’s supposed to be personal but I only blab my personal stories out when I’m typing. It’s not the same to have to speak about any of this stuff. I don’t like talking about myself, just writing about myself.

Here is what I scribbled down for motivation.

I’m getting into business partly to utilize my creativity, partly to develop an income and build a future for myself and partly to have an identity beyond department store cashier, front desk clerk, warehouse temp, office clerk, etc.

I can’t think of any really good risks I’ve taken. It’s not like I’m into extreme sports as a hobby. Here is what I wrote for risks:

Marriage, US immigration, solo travel across Canada, divorce, dating (again), talked a friend out of suicide, changed jobs a whole lot of times, self taught on IBM computer, self taught web design and digital art, became a different religion/ faith from my family (Pagan), keep a public weblog, applied for my dream job, lived in a foreign (different language) country for several months, started my own website, went to college as a mature student, learning new software, using new technology…

Maybe I will think of something more risk sounding before the group meets tomorrow morning.

My skill list is not worth typing out. It sounds like the same thing repeated eight times. 🙂

Nightie night! If you laugh at my risk taking I hope you have to clean your keyboard afterwards. So there!

I’m Dangerous…

“The man loves danger and sport. That is why he loves woman, the most dangerous of all sports.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Yes, I’m dangerous. Beware, watch out, step back… I byte. I wish I was dangerous. I’d like (for one day) to be one of those women men drool over. I’d like to make them drool, look like complete idiots, let them babble at me and then just… walk away. I would like to torment them, just for a day. I’d like to be dangerous.

Men’s Fashion Blog?

Fashion Advice and Fashion Tips for Men
Selling themselves short to call it a fashion blog. Although, maybe this is what a men’s fashion blog would be. Not all that gunk they stick into women’s fashion blogs/ magazines.

More sites for men…

Manly Web Biographies of real men. Not just girls, sports and entertainment. I knew there had to be more to men! 😉

Manly Thoughts is looking for writers. It used to be a site about more than reality TV. I remember it from a few years ago.

Seeking Writers, Humorists, and Ponderers!!.

I, Rob Daugherty, am seeking individuals with ideas and opinions to take over and build this site into something that it should be. And it doesn’t have to be just men. Ideally, I’d like to have women’s views on things so that men visiting the site can continue to make feeble attempts to understand this whacked-out species.

I do not plan on selling the domain name. However, I can create specific subdomains for content providers allowing them complete control over their particular area of interest – including their own passwords and advertising/income methods. (Complete control to a certain extent – I will not allow gratuitous sex and violence, porn, excessive vulgarity, etc. One doesn’t have to be disgusting to get their point across, even with a site called ManlyThoughts.)

Thank you,
Rob Daugherty, webmaster

Rosie’s Survey

Welcome to the Summer 2005 edition of getting to know your friends.
What you are supposed to do is copy (not forward) this entire e-mail and paste it onto a new e-mail that you’ll send. Change all the answers so they apply to you, and then send this to a whole bunch of friends including the person who sent it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends, if you did not know them already.

1. IF YOU COULD BUILD A SECOND HOUSE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? I don’t have a first home. I’d pick a house in the mountains of BC but for more practical reasons I would be near family, around this area. I wouldn’t really want a second home, too much cleaning, fixing and expense.

2. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ARTICLE OF CLOTHING? Sexy lingerie. It’s something you wear secretly, just for yourself.

3. THE LAST CD YOU BOUGHT? I bought Dungeon Keeper Gold for a buck from the GoodWill store, a few weeks ago.

4. WHAT TIME DO YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING? When Zack is visiting I’m at at 7:00 or earlier. Otherwise it depends on how late I was up working the night before.

5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KITCHEN APPLIANCE? The fridge I guess, can you imagine being without one? Hauling blocks of ice around, etc.

6. IF YOU COULD PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I played drums in high school. I’d rather listen than play really.

7. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SPORTS CAR OR SUV? Neither one. Both tend to be owned by people who need their driving skills reassessed.

8. DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE AFTERLIFE? I believe in reincarnation, recycling just makes sense.

9. FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK? Anne of Green Gables, the series I guess. Pippi Longstocking too.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SEASON? They’re all good in different ways.

11. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Shapeshifting, I’d have endless options and be able to explore the bottom of the ocean, the tops of the tallest trees and the fullest bank vaults.

12. IF YOU HAVE A TATTOO, WHAT IS IT? None.

13. CAN YOU JUGGLE? No, but I love watching juggling.

14. Which person from your past would you like to talk to again? My Grandfather and Grandmother Scherle and her sisters.

15. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK? Whatever one it is now.

16. WHAT’S IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR? Stuff to be done which will likely become junk to throw out before it ever gets done. Also a sleeping back and other road trip essentials.

17. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, SUSHI OR HAMBURGER? Hamburger

18. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER? Mainly wildflowers like sweet william (carnations), violets (violas), golder marjoram (smells divine), lemon verbena (also smells great), cacti (one kind specifically but I can never find the right name for it) and tulips.

19. FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Something with a lot of chocolate, vanilla and ribbons of caramel.

20. PLAIN, BUTTERED, OR SALTED POPCORN? Plain but I seldom make popcorn up.

21. FAVORITE COLOR? Deep, dark red.

22. FAVORITE SANDWICH? Club house.

23. ON VACATION, WHERE WOULD YOU GO? Russia.

24. FAVORITE BRAND OF CLOTHING? I don’t look at name brands, just the clothes, colours, style, etc.

25. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Toronto, Don Mills area.

26. FAVORITE SPORT TO WATCH ON TV? I don’t watch sports on TV but I go out to see my nephew play soccer.

27. COKE OR PEPSI? diet Coke

28. FAVORITE SNACK? Ice cream

Barbie’s Feet

This morning I woke up early, got out of bed, had a shower, made coffee, washed a few dishes and now I’m sitting here comfortable in a nightgown, thick socks and housecoat while my hair dries. Barbie can’t do most of that. Why, you may wonder. We all know about her figure problems. But, have you considered her feet?

I wrote this for the Feminist’s in Make up community at BackWash. I’m not sure if anyone read it. So I’m sticking it here, cause I kind of liked it. Nothing fancy, just one of those ideas you get as you’re doing something else.

My old Barbie clone, the Barbie’s I see at the stores and the really old Barbie I used to have, spend their lives on tip toes. The feet are made to fit high heels. How does the woman ever feel comfortable in snuggly socks? How does she ever play sports?

I know they make a horse for her to ride, how does she do that in heels? Driving in heels isn’t as easy as driving in flat shoes either. Is it ok for Barbie to be a dangerous driver just for fashion or whatever reason women wear shoes that wreck their feet?

Mostly though, Barbie can’t just get out of bed and walk around barefoot until she finds her comfy socks. She can’t wander around her home, half awake, in the dark. You try doing that on tip toes! Stub a toe and you won’t get too far. She can’t enjoy feeling comfortable. It’s not fair. The poor girl will never get to first base if she can’t wear the right shoes for running around the bases.